Hugh Trabandt’s cowboy boots
The lean, spry cowboy has seen a lot in his 80 years of life. Born and raised in Poland, Trabandt came to Colorado in 1957 after a 20 year stint riding horses in the Military. He considers himself fortunate to own property surrounded by Colorado Springs Pike National Forest.
When asked how many acres comprise the Lazy T 2-Quarter Circle Ranch, I was politely told that it was ‘enough.’ To some land holders, it is a lot of acreage, to others, it is never enough – certainly it is nothing to brag about according to Trabandt.
Horseback riding in the forest
As the truck winds its way up the gravel mountain road, the Broadmoor fades into the valley below. Aspen and Ponderosa Pine frame the entrance to The Stables at The Broadmoor. Sixty to 65 horses live on the family-owned ranch, along with miniature horses, goats, elk, bison and pot belly pigs. That’s in addition to the fox, occasional mountain lion, bear, deer and turkey that live on the wild side, beyond the fence line.